Diplomacy 101: Globalization Under Siege?

On Wednesday, October 19th, beginning at 5:30PM, IRSA in collaboration with the Canadian International Council will host the seventh annual “Diplomacy 101” event, at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. Diplomacy 101 will host experts and esteemed dignitaries working in the field of foreign affairs to partake in a panel and social networking session, related to a topical, nuanced and significant international issue.

Globalization Under Siege?

This year’s event will explore the topic of “globalization under siege?”. The 21st Century has been hailed as the most connected and globally intertwined era that the world has ever seen. Conditions over the past years however, have complicated this phenomenon. Recent events, such as Brexit, the rise of far right nationalist parties, security issues and economic conditions, have in part contributed to dwindling support for globalization and its byproducts. This event will therefore explore what the implications of this might be, for global diplomacy and cooperation, human rights, economics. Moreover, what does it mean to truly be ‘globalized’ – and who are its beneficiaries? To explore this topic, we will be joined by a group of esteemed panelists and professionals within the field of International Relations.

For the second half of the evening, students will have the opportunity to network with various members of the consular corps (including the Consul General for the United Kingdom), former diplomatic ambassadors, as well as representatives from various international organizations around Vancouver. Other professional guests joining us, will include representatives from: the Canadian International Council, the Asia Pacific Foundation, the Consul General of the United Kingdom, and more.

There will be a variety of food options for all to enjoy.

Consul General of the United Kingdom, Nicole Davison:

Nicole Davison took up her position as British Consul General to Vancouver in July 2016. She is the British government’s representative in British Columbia, the Yukon and the North West Territories. Nicole joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1988 and has served in South Africa, Bangladesh, Ukraine and China. Most recently, she was the Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia. In London, she has also worked in the FCO’s Western European Department and Latin America and Caribbean Department. She was also responsible for the FCO’s parliamentary affairs, and ran a team in the “Global Response Centre (covering consular and political crises). Take a look at her full bio, here.

Dr. Yves Tiberghien:

Specializing in comparative international political economics, Yves Tiberghien (Ph.D. Stanford University, 2002) is the Director of Institute for Asian Research (IAR) and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He is also a Faculty Associate at the Center for Chinese Research, at the Center for Japanese Research, and at the Institute for European Studies at UBC, as well as a Research Associate at Science Po Paris and at the Asia Centre (Paris). Dr. Tiberghien brings to our panel a wealth of international experience and expertise, and is currently working on projects related to G20 global economic governance, the politics of inequality in Japan, the governance of GMO’s and exploring the role of China in several dimensions of global governance. Find our more about Dr. Tiberghien, here.

Dr. Merje Kuus:

Merje Kuus is a political geographer whose work concentrates on geopolitics and policy processes in national and transnational institutions. Her research blends insights from political and economic geography as well as international relations, anthropology, and political sociology to advance our understanding of knowledge and power in regulatory institutions. Dr. Kuus has also written on state sovereignty, intellectuals of statecraft, identity discourses, and the idea of Europe. Dr. Kuus has been the recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship and the Killam Fellowship as well as individual research grants from the United States Institute of Peace, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Soros Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, among other bodies. Take a look at what else Dr. Kuus is working on, here.

Dr. Brian Job:

Brian Job is Faculty Associate of the Liu Institute for Global Issues, Graduate Director of the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program, Associate Director of Institute of Asian Research and Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. His interests concern international security – more specifically, the evolving security order of the Asia Pacific, intrastate conflict, human security and Canadian foreign and security policies. Dr. Job has an extensive background in international security, with a focus on Canadian interests in the “Asia Pacific” region. Job has also served on the Foreign Minister’s Advisory Board. He was co-editor of the International Studies Quarterly, as well as Treasurer and Vice-President of the International Studies Association. You can find more information about Dr. Job, here.

Guests: BC Council for International Cooperation, Asia Pacific Foundation, Canadian International Council – Vancouver Branch, representatives from the MPPGA program, Consular Corps. Members and more!

Tickets are available at:  http://irsaubc.rezgo.com/details/107239/diplomacy-101-globalization-under-siege

IRSA Members: $3.00
(Proof of membership at door)
Non-Members: $5.00

The first 80 tickets sold will gain access to our networking session! Attendees who wish to pay in cash should email irsa.president@gmail.com

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